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. >>> we turn next overseas now and to afghanistan, whereree are getting our first look tonight at grizzly new images from inside that luxury hotel in kabul, swarmed by suicide bombers who went on that deadly attack. in an abc news exclusive, nick schifrin tonight takes us inside. >> reporter: abc news filmed the first images from inside the intercontinental. the attackers blew themselves up in bedrooms, in stairwrwls, in the hallway. the top floor, completely destroyed by fire. on the roof, a massive firefight. the attackers brought bags full of red bull and water so they could fight for hours. for the first time, a senior afghan police official admitted to abc news that his men wouldn't have retaken the hotel without the help of these nato special forces. later this month, afghan forces are supposed to take responsibility for security in parts of the country. but their response to this attack raises questions about whether they're ready. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. >> nick, our thanks to you. >>> and it's those images that have authorities here at home on high alert this fourth. comb
the true meaning of independence day. ♪ the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony, complete with a military band. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. they're due to return home next month. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> most of them said they could not remember which country. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >> i would be curious to see what country they would pick. >> everything but britain. >> unbelievable.. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts, from our great tampa station, wfds, in today for sam. for the very latest. step
. neither al qaeda in afghanistan nor pakistan now pose as grave a threat to america as their affiliate in somalia, that according to u.s. counterterrorism officials. the group known as al shabaab has even been successful in recruiting westerners. >> al shabaab is recruiting inside american mosques in somali communities like minneapolis and san diego according to the justice department. >> reporter: congressman peter king, chairman of the commtee on homeland security, held a hearing on the increasing threat. >> the terrorist training camps run by al shabaab teach their participants how to kill people and so the ability of one of those individuals to return to the united states and to put into practice that training is a threat. >> reporter: abc news has learned that before he died osama bin laden was secretly urging al shabaab to target the u.s. at least 40 somali-americans have trained and fought in a civil war in their homeland in the last three years, including three suicide bombers. as many as two dozen remain unaccounted for. >> probably the next, most significant terrorist threat
watch. >> return to the bay area of a fallen hero from afghanistan. >> tonight parking lot scuffle outside of our studios could put an end to a rip off targeting drivers throughout the city. good evening, everyone. >> it's a scream that is easy to pull off. after he sue -- you see how it works it will never work on you, again. vick, there is not much to it but it seems effective. >> we're talking about a serial conartist, praying on drivers pulling into lots like this one. this parking lot where he was arrested just yesterday, but chances are he'll be back here soon.
or wife still serving overseas. tonight here abc news's mike boettcher in eastern afghanistan with some troops marking their last holiday away before coming home, and they have very simple wishes about who and what it is they want to see first when they get here. mike? >> reporter: david, it's another windy, dusty day at forward operating base shahana where soldiers from the 101st airborne have spent the past year, they missed labor day, thanksgiving, christmas, easter and memorial day. and now, there is one last holiday to get through before they go home, the fourth of july. >> blackjack where you at? >> reporter: this unit has a rich history, 101st airborne named a band of brothers during world war ii. today they took a break, knowing that home is coming soon. they can picture it. what do you miss most about home on fourth of july? >> believe it or not, my grill. >> good barbecue. >> good barbecue. >> sierra madre has a fourth of july parade every year and it's cool. everybody in the town comes out. a lot of fun. so, that's what i miss this year. >> miss the lake, definitely. green gr
deploy and be a muslim. >> reporter: 21-year-old naser abdo didn't want to fight in afghanistan, but sources say he was more than willing to cause bloodshed at home. after being arrested, he told officers he wanted to get even with the military and chose ft. hood because of the 2009 attack here where major nidal hasan allegedly killed 13 and wounded 30. he told them he wasn't going to target the military post, but a nearby restaurant popular with soldiers. he told them his plan was to set off two bombs, then shoot any survivors. police say the attack was imminent. >> we would probably be here today giving you a different briefing had he not been stopped. >> reporter: greg ebert is the man who stopped him. a former marine and police officer who works at this killeen gun store. he got suspicious when abdo arrived in a cab on tuesday, then bought six pounds of gun powder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semiautomatic pistol. he paid $250 in cash. >> when somebody comes in, especially to a business like this, and makes a purchase and doesn't know what he's buy
, a marine serving in afghanistan just proves that all you have to do is ask and you shall receive. >> you just never know. sergrgnt scott moore posted a youtube invited "black swan" star mila kunis to attend. with the urging of his co-star justin timberlake she said yes. >> worthy date. i think that's great. >>> coming up next the stories we'll follow later on today from the friends and dig thatties who say good-bye to betty ford. "atlantis" astronauts.ask of the we'll be right back. to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the lack of energy. [ male announcer ] ask your doctor about pristiq -- a prescription medicine proven to treat depression. pristiq is thought to work by affecting the levels of two chemicals in the brain -- serotonin and norepinephrine. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens or you have unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide. anti-depressants can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. pristiq is not approved for children under 18. do not take pristiq with maois. taking pristiq with nset
significantly. imagine this. half a world away in afghanistan, u.s. soldiers today, meeting with their chief, chairman of the joint chiefs mike mullen, asked, will we get paid? and he was forced to say, i simply don't know. but beyond that, america's international friends and, indeed, its friendemies, are concerned. they say, it is damaging. they call it irresponsible, what's happening in washington. especially china, which holds the most u.s. debtbt. it's calling for a resolution to this. and a key investment manager says to me, that the rest of the world is stunned, bewildered, more than a little worried. and that the damage has already being done. it's already more than a flesh wound. >> always fun to hear the word friendemy on the evening news. christiane, let me just pick up on the last thing you said there. do you really think that even if a deal is done and they beat the clock, that real damage has been done in a lasting way? >> well, look. this is what people there are saying. that the level of thth acrimony, the level of the paralysis, the partisanship here, has sent a discouraging
in afghanistan celebrating. but the celebrations would end. a mess in the back for the u.s. rachel buehler and alex krieger won't clear. 1-1. we go to extra time. 103rd minute. abby wambach scoring for the 122nd time for the u.s. can they seal the deal this time? no. homare sawa, in her fifth world cup, the captain was the golden boot winner of this competition. we're going to the penalty shoot-out. the usa and hope solo beat brazil in this setup. hope solo not feeling 100%. picked up an injury in the second half. carly lloyd with the u.s. down 1-0 in the shoot-out. over the crossbar. u.s. now down 2-0. abby wambach with the calming effect, it's now 2-1. trying rally her team. it's not over yet. hope solo. 's over now. she scores this the upper right-hand corner. japan beat host germany and sweden, to lift the world cup. this has been your espn news update. for all of the late nest the sports world, tune into the highlighghexpress. >>> good for them. >>> unfortunately, and in inevitably, we must admit mistakes even happen in television news. >> this is a breaking story right here. this one
from iraq and afghanistan. >> it as $2.7 trillion increase in the debt ceiling with highly suspect spending reduction features. >> reporter: with a week to go until the august 2nd deadline when the government runs out of money, this exercise in capital brinksmanship is literally spending the treasury down to its last dollars. rob and tanya? >> we've been hearing for weeks now about this august 2nd deadline next week. but apparently the feds may have this extra cash. the government could pay its bills past august 2nd. some breathing room here. but still, it doesn't really make this any less intense. >> thanks to a little number crunching by the treasury department, there does seem to be a little leeway. but it still needs to get done. >> some deal hopefully in the works. we'll see. >>> one side effect of the big debt battle, believe it or not, is an increase in airline fares. they were put in place last weekend to make up for taxes that expired because washington just can't get its act together. with anger over the increases now growing, some senators are demanding that airlines eit
to afghanistan. >> now is the moment, now is the moment following what happened with bin laden, to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really cripple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> it's such an interesting statement, christiane, because for so many years, some people argue that defeating a decentralized group like al qaeda was essentially impossible. what's your take on this declaration on potential imminent defeat? >> well, he did say if we continue this route. i think that's clear. obviously, al qaeda is spread out to the arabian peninsula, pakistan areas, and the rest. but it's about continuing this route. many people are concerned if there's a withdrawal of u.s. troops they shouldn't be too dramatic or swift to withdraw before al qaeda and taliban are defeated. >> christiane, i appreciate your analysis. i want to remind everybody, be sure to watch christiane a little later this morning on "this week." she has an exclusive interview with white house chief of staff bill daley. bianna, over to you. >>> not too far from her
on abc news. general david petraeus hands over nato command in afghanistan this morning to his replacement, lieutenant general john allen. petraeus leaves the region during a sensitive time. >>> general motors announcing a $300 million investment today, bringing encouraging news to michigan's auto industry. the money could go into a full-size truck factory in flint. >>> this morning's rush hour should be normal in los angeles. a bridge removal project along the infamous 405 freeway was completed sooner than expected over the weekend. shocking. >> was that much ado about nothing? >> yes. >> really, everyone just kind of went nutty on this whole thing. >> but they did so much media coverage beforehand, i think that's what saved them. >> good preparations. >>> for his final act harry potter pulled off one of the greatest tricks yet. he turned everything he touched into gold. >> the final movie in the franchise took in a record $168 million in the u.s. this weekend. here's t.j. winick with the story. >> you're a wizard, harry. >> reporter: ten years. eight films. $6 billion in tick
'dership in pakistan and afghanistan have been pushed to the brink of collapse. and they're concerned about its affiliate in somalia's ability to strike within the us use probably the next, most significant terror threat may emnate from the al qaeda presence in somalia. >> abc news learned before he died, osama bin laden had been secretly urging al qaed's affiliate in somalia to target the u.s.. and many there is a civil war alongside islamic radicals, sources tell abc news 40 have trained and fought there in three years alone, including three suicide bombers. >> not al qaeda nor any facilities have come close to drawing muslim americans and westerners to jihad. >> the recruits have come from across the country. california, minnesota, illinois, missouri, new york, new jersey, virginia, alabama, and texas. >> they continue to call for strikes against the united states. as a result we cannot and will not let our guard down. >> there is disturbing evidence the group is forging an alliance with aggressive al qaeda affiliate in yemen. a senior al shabazz leader was captured on evidence with planning
.s. wars in afghanistan and iraq and was heading to ft. hood to get revenge. we're told that abdo had been under investigation for months. apparently he initially came under suspicion after he was allegedly overheard making radical statements. military officials started looking at his background and eventually came across child pornography on hompur. abdo facing those charges in a court-martial disappeared on the fourth o jul in addition to the bombmaki materials in that texas hotel, police discovered jihadist material. as the investigation continues, the fbi wants to know did abdo become a ticking time bomb on his own or did someone encourage him? rob and tanya? >> all right, pierre thomas. >>> norway's police now believe last friday's mass murders were carried out by a lone wolf attacker. since killing 76 people in that bombing and shooting massacre, anders breivik has said he is part of a network of people plotting against multi-cultural europe. but authorities now say he acted alone last week and he kept his plans to himself for about a decade. their concer
. mixed with all sorts of people of all ages. >> reporter: before he was killed in afghanistan in february he'd formed a remarkable bond with a stray dog. >> he'd written about this dog that was in the compound. he just loved it. wrote a lot about her. >> reporter: conrad lewis was serving with the 3rd battalion, the parachute regiment. the dog was named pegasus after the regiment's emblem. >> when conrad came back christmas, he said that he wanted pegasus, to bring pegasus back when he came back at the end of his tour. so after he died, we thought that that's what he'd want us to do. so we set t about doing it. >> reporter: it's taken some doing. but thanks to his regiment, the afghan national police, and the charity which rescues animals from war, pegasus is now in the uk. although she hasn't yet got a new home. quarantine regulations mean she'll be in these kennels for six months. for centuries, dogs have played a crucial role during war time, whether it's sending messages or sniffing out land mines. but in peg's case it's been more a question of companionship and loyalty and the impact
is in afghanistan promoting president obama's order to begin withdrawing troops. admiral mike mullin said drawing down the troops can be done without putting the mission at risk. >>> and the first trees donated by the september 11th memorial in new york city have been planted where flight 93 crashed in pennsylvania. all 40 trees will be planted, one for each victim on that flight. >>> a mississippi man, this is a weird one, was arrested for letting his 8-year-old son drive, while he, the father, was asleep, allegedly drunk in the passenger seat. state troopers were called when they saw the pickup driving erratically. the man's 4-year-old daughter was also in the car. >>> and finally, some penguins at the san francisco zoo have rejoined their colony after graduating from fish school, fish school. imagine that. the penguins spent the past month learning how to swim and interact with people. it's time for the weather and casey curry from the abc 13 station in houston, casey. >> good morning, ron. we'll talk quickly about the tropics. yesterday it was about tropical storm don. don is gone, but we're
. norway has troops in afghanistan. they support the operations in libya. both of those are lightning rods. and perhaps even more to the point, last year, a norwegian paper reprinted those danish cartoons that caused such a firestorm in 2005. >> that's right. we know you'll be following this story extensively for us. thank you for joining us. >>> now gleets back to lara at the park. >> it's hot here in central park. 27 million people think this first one is pretty insane. it is a video that has gone viral. it's shot in broom, australia. two small dogs are using their -- well, their herding skills to try to gather a group of sharks. that wasn't insane enough. one dog decides he's going to take it to the next level and bite one of the sharks. the dog was fine. the shark swam away, intact, perhaps his ego a little bruised. but everybody is good on that one. >>> next up, i love the story of a baby giraffe giving us all hope. that is her name. she is living in the topeka zoo and proving that these boots are made for walking. she was born with her feet on backwards. front to back, so with the he
of people. and not just celebrities and famous people but victims of murder. >> war widows from afghanistan and iraq. an incredible story. >> incredible to watch as it unfolds. >>> we're also going to have more of diane sawyer's amazing interview of jaycee dugard. what a remarkable and resilient young woman she is. and you're going to see more and hear from her. >> the strength and serenity she displays in that interview is just incredible. >>> also, more on casey anthony. we now learned her sentence e w extended by four more days. she's not going to get out until next sunday. we're going to have the latest on that. >>> and also, we'll have the latest on these emergency negotiations in washington to try to prevent the united states going into default. the president actually called the congressional leaders into a rare session on sunday afternoon. and the changes they're talking about could affect every single american. >> in dramatic ways. >>> first with josh elliott with more on the top stories including this horrible story in the ballpark in texas. george and i were watching the videotape
to be dane's dad. he's a marine sergeant who's been deployed in afghanistan since january. obviously a picture-perfect moment there. it's like better than if luke skywalker had walked in. >> his own superhero. >> exactly. pretty amazing stuff. we'll be right back with more "world news now." let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company, not paid by medicare part b. that can save you from paying .up to thousands of dollars... out of your own pocket. these are the only medicare supplement insurance plans... exclusively endorsed by aarp. when you call now, you'll get this free information kit... with all you need to enroll. put their trust in aarp p medicare supplement insuranc. plus you'll get this free g
commander has taken control in afghanistan, general john allen 140,000 american troops in the country. taking over for general david petraeus who is set to run the cia. handover comes as violence hits an all-time high. three more troops were killed today. >>> and now, to the jubilation in japan, sure we were all saddened by the u.s. women losing in the world cup final, in a penalty shootout. if any nation deserves to feel the pride that follows such a momentous win, it's japan. >> reporter: we're out here in one of the busiest districts in tokyo. all day we have been hearing spontaneous chants of japan. it has been four months since that devastating earthquake and tsunami killed 25,000 people. but today, japan finally has reason to celebrate. team japan's v vtory capped an emotional run for the perennial underdogs. for the players, this was much more than a soccer game. alalg the tsunami-ravaged coast, renewed hope. nervous fans packed sports bar into the early hours. fans celebrated in the streets. some were just too emotional to speak. in team captain homare sawa's hometown, elation
to afghanistan because it was against my islamic conditions. >> reporter: he wanted out. but military investigators say they found child pornography on his government computer. so, on the fourth of july, abdo went awol from ft. campbell, kentucky. investigators believe he came to ft. hood to stage an attack similar to major nidal hasan's rampage in 2009 that killed 13 and wounded 30. abc news has learned he told investigators he wanted to get even with the military. that he planned not to attack the post but a nearby restaurant popular with soldiers. he told investigators he planned to detonate two bombs there, then shoot any survivors. >> it seemed like he was up to something. >> reporter: his plan unraveled shortly after he got out of mark smith's cab at that gun shop. greg ebert sold him the ammunition and gunpowder, but got suspicious when he paid $250 in cash. >> we made a decision to call the police. and fortunately, it worked out well. >> reporter: officers tracked young soldier to this nearby hotel. in his room, all of that ammo, a pistol, the components to make two bombs and
also hoped to kill general petraeus, commander of forces in afghanistan and soon to be cia director, the same way, either in a helicopter or fixed-wing airplane with a missile or rocket-propelled grenade. investigators do not believe the planning got very far. and both mr. obama and general petraeus have countermeasures on their aircrara and additional aircraft following them that would make them a very tough target, josh. >> chilling details. martha raddatz in washington, thank you. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton has arrived in turkey to meet with diplomats, hoping to end the 5-month-old conflict in libya. the u.s. has recognized the libya rebel group as the libya's legitimate government, freeing cash for weapons to take on moammar gadhafi's forces. >>> and roger clemens will learn in september whether he's off the hook for good. the judge in his federal perjury case declared a mistrial thursday after prosecutors showed jurors what was deemed inadmissssle evidence. clemens is charged with lying to congress about using performance-enhancing drugs. >>> and there's word nfl ow
not purchase, do not sell, and do not use fireworks. >> reporter: in afghanistan, u.s. service members celebrated america's birthday with cake. and of course it wouldn't be fourth of july without hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. in new york, some people went a little overboard. competitive eater joey chestnut scarfed down 6hot dogs in 10 minutes. he won his fifth straight nathan's famous hot dog-eating contest. >> i came out here to win, did what i had to do. might be eating pepto-bismol later. >> reporter: in the first-ever women's competition, sonya thomas took home the title, eating 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes. there was drama surrounding the men's competition. takeru kobayashi, another champion eert was not at yesterday's nathan's event because of a contract dispute. he staged his own event in manhattan and ate 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. peggy and daniel, that would have broken joey chestnut's world record. >> we were talking about the technique, they dip the hot dogs -- >> in water. >> actually you see joey chestnut jumping. >> technique. just to get
. afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures from before he found out what he was made o o with the true sign of that today being a ceremony, a certain discomfort at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling. >> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school. but who out there picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand. but he's alive, rare for medal of honor winners who usually are honored posthumously. but there's also this. leroy petry decided he's not done. and when he re-enlisted he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, a a news, washington. >> you know, the medal of honor was given yesterday on the award's 149th anniversary. president lincoln signed the medal of honor act in 1862. >> how cool is that? also, he's now been assigned to a military base near tacoma, washington, where he's going to help other war veterans as well to transition back into everyday civilian life whicicis really difficult for a lot of veterans. >> still keep
in afghanistan. a man with explosives hidden inside his turban has assassinated the mayor of kandahar kandahar who was a dual afghan-american citizen. the brother of the president was asasssinated in that city two weeks ago. >>> and another developing story. this in south korea where the heavy everest downpours in a century have triggered massive mudslides, killing nearly two dozen people. 15 inches of rain in 1 day turned streets into rivers, flooding at least 800 houses. and another ten inches could fall before friday. >>> meanwhile, here at home, congressman david wu now says that he will resign in the wake of a sex scandal. the seven-time oregon democrat is accused of an unwanted sexual encounter with the 18-year-old daughter of a campaign donor. >>> after her exclusive interview with abc news and robin, the hotel maid who accuses dominique strauss-kahn of sexual assault is reportedly meeting with prosecutors today. sources tell "the new york post," that nafissatou diallo will try to revive her case by explaining inconsistencies. >>> a marathon in the majors last
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